Each year, classroom sizes grow in numbers, giving teachers less opportunities for one-on-one interaction with their students. This problem has been a common complaint of teachers and parents alike. However, rigorous curriculum standards, crowded classroom and little time have allowed for this individualized focus.
Three school districts in the south central Indiana area have made it a priority to fix this problem, according to the Daily Journal. The three school districts include Clark-Pleasant, Franklin and Greenwood. These districts are ensuring that students and teachers receive this time throughout the school day.
The Daily Journal reports that schools within these districts are dedicating 30 to 40 minutes each school day when teachers can create and give personalized lessons to all of their students.
Teachers are working one-on-one or in small groups with students who may be struggling in certain areas, whether that is mathematics or reading. Larger groups are working with teachers and classroom assistants to reinforce what they’ve already learned while these individual or small group sessions take place, or, if the students are ready, they are allowed to work ahead.
Southwest Elementary School Principal Beth Guilfoy told the Daily Journal that teachers have attempted to provide outside class assistance for students, but this often meant pulling students out of the classroom, which would result in them missing class time and falling further behind their classmates. This new structure hopefully will alleviate some of those problems and give students the help they so vitally need.